A player sure to make his way through the Gulf Coast League Tigers and the Lakeland Flying Tigers is Nick Castellanos. Drafted yesterday by the Detroit Tigers, Castellanos received a $3.45 million dollar signing bonus. The Miami native is seen as a third-baseman by the Tigers, who paid Castellanos the highest signing bonus ever for a second or later round draftee.
Lakeland Local photographer Tom Hagerty captured a few shots of Castellanos and his family at the 2009 East Coast Pro Showcase held in Lakeland.
In other signing news, Lakeland High grad Yordy Cabrera came to terms with the Oakland Athletics yesterday. The team had made Cabrera a second round pick. Cabrera is the son of Gulf Coast League Tigers Manager Basilio Cabrera and is projected to play third base or outfield for the organization.